25.12.2014 - 25.12.2014 4 °C
Up early to drive to Bruges for our Christmas lunch. Normally this time of year we are enjoying the height of an Australian summer...middle 30's celsius and down to the beach for a swim at some point during the day.
So its quite different to be rugged up (thermals on) with a northern hemisphere breeze making the freckles on John's face tickle. Everyone told us what a lovely place... and it is...and it hasn't disappointed.
Even more delish chocolates here, I found a lovely little store just off the square...made my purchase... sugar free (a little more guilt free) but shame I have to share with John...I just love these Belgian chocolates.
Bought some Xmas chocolates, might share these and hide the others for a rainy northern winter's day and a nice hot cappuccino.
Met one of the musketeers (Erwin) and like all good musketeers demanded a photo to remember him by.
With lunch looming we set off around the town to look for an ideal place for Xmas lunch...not any easy task in Bruges with so many nice restaurants and eateries, luckily it was made a little easier by a few of the places closed so their owners and staff could enjoy Christmas with their families. We finally settled on De Gastro...had too many delicious steaks on offer...plus our favourite "mojitos".
We had a nice surprise arrive for Xmas via technology, a snapshot of three of our five grandsons enjoying themselves at Christmas lunch we'd given them and their parents as a present at one of the local beach resorts.
After lunch and the moorish mojitos, we take in a few last streets we hadn't yet plodded down, took a few more photographs...especially a beautiful wooden building on the canal which was one of the restaurants not open, pity it was a beautiful place overlooking the water and boats.
Time to jump back into Felix the Ford (our trusty little people mover) and make for our next destination and BnB for two nights while we explore Brussels.